Harrison Ford wasn't the only star of all those Indiana Jones movies. He also had an important co-star—his iconic hat. So when it came time to dress Ford for Cowboys & Aliens, finding a new look that wouldn't stir up Indy memories in the audience turned out to be one of the top things on the filmmakers' minds.
According to co-screenwriter (with Roberto Orci) Alex Kurtzman:
That was a topic of much discussion early on. Spielberg had quite a lot to say about it. We were all very cautious about it because, obviously, we were putting Harrison Ford in a hat, which is only one of the most iconic images of the past 30 years. We needed to make sure that—no pun intended—we tipped a hat to iconography of Harrison Ford and also presented the audience with a very different version. We spent a lot of time thinking about that hat. You would be surprised.
What do you think? Were Kurtzman and company worrying too much about what would end up on top of Ford's head? Or did their concerns make sense?
(via Hero Complex)